Columbia “Staycation” Ideas


Who says you have to travel out of town over spring break to enjoy the week off? There are plenty of kid-friendly things to do and places to visit right here in the capital city! Check out our list of locally fun activities for you and your family!

Staycation in the capital city - all I ever I wanted!
Staycation in the capital city – all I ever I wanted!

Frankie’s Fun Park

Frankie’s Fun Park is a great opportunity to get together as a family, eat some pizza, and play some games. With 3 go-cart tracks, 3 different mini-golf courses, laser tag, batting cages, a rock climbing wall, and an arcade, there’s truly something for everyone!

Located off Harbison Blvd at 140 Parkridge Dr, Columbia, SC 29063, Frankie’s is Open Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-midnight, and Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Admission: Free, but rides and games will cost you extra

Enjoy the outdoor water ride or go-karts!

Hi-Wire Trampoline Park

Located in Northeast Columbia, Hi-Wire Trampoline Park is one of the largest trampoline jumping fields in America. Featuring over 60 trampolines, including the famous angled wall trampolines, children and adults alike will have a blast practicing their skills.

Looking for something to do with your younger children during Spring Break week? Weekday mornings from 9-10 is reserved for children 6 and under only at a special rate of $8 (one parent can jump free with child). Open jump time slots on Friday and Saturday book up quickly, so you want to make your reservation early.

Located at 741 Fashion Dr in Northeast Columbia, Hi-Wire is open  Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9.p.m.

Admission: 1 Hour Flight Ticket $12, 2 Hour Flight Ticket $20 (valid Mon-Thurs Only), 6 and under 1 Hour Flight Ticket $8, under 2 is FREE with paying adult

Trampolines galore!

Sesquicentennial State Park

Get outdoors and visit Sesquicentennial State Park, located off Two Notch Road, and immerse yourself in the 1,400 acres of pines, camping sites, and nature trails.  On April 15 and 17  from 9-11 AM, the park is hosting their Nature Craft Series. Designed for all ages, participants will get to make their very own pinecone bird feeder using peanut butter and birdseed.

Located at 9564 Two Notch RD Columbia, 29223 , the park is open daily from 8 a.m. to dark

Admission: $2 adults; $1.25 SC seniors; age 15 & younger FREE


EdVenture Children’s Museum:

This local children’s museum houses eight state of the art galleries, making it the destination for imagination in Columbia! Your child can explore Eddie, the world’s biggest kid or “shop” in the EdVenture grocery store. Opening just in time for Spring Break, Make Your Move! explores the origins of the world’s best-loved games in an exhibit featuring over sized game pieces and play areas that give children a chance to explore the fun of strategic play in a new dimension.

Located at 211 Gervais Street Columbia, SC 29201, the museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Admission: Children and Adults $11.50. Under 2 FREE

Visit Eddie, the World's Largest Child!
Visit Eddie, the World’s Largest Child!

Columbia Museum of Art

It is never too early to introduce your child to good art. On Sunday, April 13 from 12-3, the Columbia Museum of Art will host their monthly children’s series, Passport to Art: Animals Origami. Create origami animals in this FREE monthly open studio program for families! You can take a themed family tour at 1:00pm, or take a self-guided tour of the Museum.

Located at 1515 Main St., the museum is open Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: Adults: $12. Students: $5. Children under 5 FREE

Take a guided tour of Japan and the Jazz Age
Take a guided tour of Japan and the Jazz Age

Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens

Our blog recently gave a great list of 15 fun facts about Riverbanks. If you have never been, you need to make it a part of your spring break plans! Celebrate Riverbanks 40th birthday by catching a penguin feeding everyday at 11am or take the train over to the gorgeous Botanical Gardens and see the spring blooms. If you are looking for somewhere to send your school age children during Spring Break, Riverbanks is offering a couple of great camps.

The main entrance to the zoo is located just off Greystone Blvd. at 500 Wildlife Parkway Columbia, SC 29210.  Botanical Gardens entrance is located  at 1300 Botanical Parkway West Columbia, SC 29169

Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Admission: Adults — $11.75, Children (3-12 years) — $9.25, Children (2 and under) — FREE Military (with military ID) — $10.75

With Patrick, the newest gorilla.
Meet Patrick, the newest gorilla.

These are just some of our favorite ideas, what are yours?


  1. Are there any groups of mothers (or grandmothers) who get together in a park, or anywhere else, to have some socialization time for themselves AND their children?


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